Connecticut River Drawbridge Photo Gallery

Above: An passenger train heads south over the Connecticut River Drawbridge. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Above: A New Haven freight crosses an inlet as it approaches the drawbridge from the east. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Below: An overview of the module setup during the 2000 Big Railroad Hobby Show. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Connecticut River Drawbridge

Jim's second attempt at modeling an operating drawbridge was a compressed version of the Connecticut River Drawbridge between Lyme and Old Saybrook, CT. This module set was 12' long split into three four foot modules. The center module contained the model of the drawbridge. The bridge itself was kitbashed from Walthers Double Track Truss kits and Central Valley bridge components. A servo motor was used to power the rolling bascule bridge. The approach modules simply featured the two track mainlines with generic Connecticut shoreline scenery in the early fall.

To learn more about how this module was constructed, check out this clinic night article from back in September 2000.

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Module at a Glance

Scale: HO Scale
Size: 2'x12'
Number of Sections: 3
Builder: Jim Spavins
Type: Straight
Mainline Tracks: 2
Years Constructed: 2000-2001
Era: 1990s
Features: Working Drawbridge
Status: Retired